8 Things We Learned From Beyoncé's “Homecoming” Documentary

February 15, 2019

On Wednesday, Beyoncé dropped her Homecoming documentary on Netflix, which shows her preparing for and performing during her headlining concert at Coachella 2018. According to E! News, here are eight big takeaways from the film:

  1. Queen Bey rehearsed a lot. Ahead of her headlining set, Beyoncé spent four months rehearsing with the band and another four months dedicated to the choreography.
  2. Her pregnancy with the twins was tough. The singer reveals she was 218 pounds when she gave birth and had developed high blood pressure and toxemia. Also, one of the baby's heartbeat paused several times, spurring her to have an emergency C-section. 
  3. She had to rebuild her body post-birth. To get in shape and "rebuild" her body, Beyoncé's exercise regimen consisted of SoulCycle, other workouts and rehearsing. She also cut out carbs, sugar, dairy, meat, fish, and alcohol from her diet. 
  4. Beyoncé dealt with internal struggles. At times, the singer felt a tug of war between being a mom and being a performer, noting, "My body was not connected. My mind was not there.”
  5. She put the work in. "I'm super specific about every detail,” Beyoncé reveals. “I personally selected each dancer, every light, the material on the steps, the height of the pyramid, the shape of the pyramid.”
  6. She learned a valuable lesson. "I definitely pushed myself further than I knew I could and I learned a very valuable lesson,” Beyoncé says at one point. “I will never, never push myself that far again."
  7. Blue Ivy Carter can sing. Toward the end of the film, Beyoncé's firstborn Blue Ivy sings in front of the cameras with help from her famous mom. 
  8. Beyoncé wants to leave a legacy behind. In the film, Beyoncé says, “I feel we made something that made my daughter proud, made my mother proud, my father proud, all of the people that are my brothers and sisters around the world and that's why I live.